Education: BA in Business Management, 2012, Coventry University, UK; MA in Visual and Critical Studies, 2019, SAIC, Chicago, IL; Ph.D. in Art Education, expected 2024, University of North Texas, TX. Curated Exhibitions: Tradition vs. Today, World Art Dubai; Elements of Love, PULLMAN Dubai Deira City Centre, UAE; and The Big Picture: Third Edition at Pro Art Gallery and Street Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE. Exhibitions: Traces at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; Visions of the Future at Etihad Modern Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi; Going Inland at NauArt Gallery, Barcelona; and Lust for Life at Menier Gallery, London. Publications: Deconstructing the Myths of Islamic Art, Edited By Onur Öztürk, Xenia Gazi, Sam Bowker, ISBN 9780367772659. Affiliations and Memberships: Museum Committee Member at College Art Association of America (CAA), 2019- 2023; National Art Education Association (NAEA) 2022. Awards: SAIC Merit Scholarship, 2017-2019, MEGS Scholarship – Museum Education Graduate Scholar, 2018-2019, The Valerie Dean Westheimer Memorial Fellowship for Visual and Design Scholarship, 2021-2022, The Voertman-Ardoin Fellowship, 2021-2022.
Xenia Gazi is a globally-educated curator, museum educator, and artist focusing on Islamic art from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia (MENASA regions). Her most recent research project, “Against Invisibility,” investigates how contemporary and modern art institutions curate and display MENASA-specific Islamic art.
Gazi lives between Chicago and Dallas, where she pursues an independent studio practice and teaches Islamic Art and Geometry and Art Appreciation (SAIC, UNT). She regularly lectures on her research within art institutions.
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